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ESA Helps Chinese Moon Mission
2013-11-29 10:37:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While China and Western nations may be entangled in a daily political struggle, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are extending their resources to assist their Chinese counterparts on the upcoming Chang’e 3 Moon mission. The Chinese mission is slated to launch from Earth in early December and land a scientific rover on the Moon. The entire ESA side of the operation will be run from the Estrack Control Centre in ESA’s...

Malargüe Tracking Station Inauguration Set For Tuesday
2012-12-15 06:02:40

[ Watch the Video: From The Pampas to the Stars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The official inauguration of a new European Space Agency (ESA) tracking station capable of monitoring missions traveling hundreds of millions of miles into our Solar System is set for Tuesday. The facility, which is located in approximately 745 miles west of Buenos Aires in the city of Malargüe, Argentina, features a nearly 115 foot diameter, 610 metric ton...

ESA’s Mission Control Ready For Launch Of MSG-3
2012-07-04 16:46:59

Europe´s new meteorology mission is set to soar into space on an Ariane 5 from Kourou on 5 July. Just 34 minutes later, ESA´s team of expert mission controllers will begin shepherding the satellite through the critical first steps of its life. ESA developed the MSG series of satellites in close cooperation with Eumetsat — the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites — and ESOC is responsible for the complex ℠LEOP´ — the...

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2011-02-08 11:45:00

When ATV Johannes Kepler is lofted into space on 15 February, an ESA tracking station on Portugal's Santa Maria island will watch closely, gathering crucial data as Ariane 5 streaks overhead. In 2008, the Santa Maria station, located five kilometers from the town of Vila do Porto on the Portuguese island of Santa Maria, in the Azores, became the latest station to join ESA's global ESTRACK tracking network. Santa Maria's 5.5 m-diameter antenna provides crucial tracking services for Ariane 5...

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2010-01-22 10:19:06

With liftoff scheduled in just a few weeks, ESA's CryoSat-2 ground teams are in intensive training for the launch and early orbit phase - the critical first steps in the mission's life. CryoSat-2 is scheduled for liftoff on February 25 from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on a Dnepr - a converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile. For CryoSat-2, the ground segment - the hardware, software, telecommunications and other resources that operate the satellite and process data...

2009-06-29 10:12:18

The European Space Agency says it plans to build a 35-meter deep space antenna in Argentina, about 620 miles west of Buenos Aires. The antenna, to be located in Malargue, will be the first ESA infrastructure to be built in Argentina. The site offers all the features that are required for a long-term ground segment investment, said Gaele Winters, ESA director of operations and infrastructure. We are very pleased that we could pave the way for promising space missions with the support of the...

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2009-06-26 11:25:46

On 22 June, ESA informed Argentinean authorities that an area 30 km south of the town of Malarge in Mendoza province, about 1000 km west of Buenos Aires, has been chosen as the best option to build a new 35-meter antenna in support of its programs. It is the first infrastructure to be built in Argentina by ESA. "The site offers all the features that are required for a long-term ground segment investment. We are very pleased that we could pave the way for promising space missions with the...

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2009-03-18 13:59:07

After liftoff March 17, ESA's GOCE spacecraft is performing very well, having achieved an extremely accurate injection altitude just 1.5 km lower than planned. The Mission Control Team is now working round-the-clock shifts to implement a series of critical check-out procedures. The Mission Control Team at ESOC, ESA's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, are now conducting the complex and critical 'Launch and Early Operations Phase' (LEOP) for GOCE, which was successfully launched...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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